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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT CANADIAN COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
PORTRAIT DE HORTENSIO GÜELL
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT CANADIAN COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
PORTRAIT DE HORTENSIO GÜELL
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
PORTRAIT DE HORTENSIO GÜELL
Signed P. Ruiz Picasso and inscribed Hortensio Güell a la edad de 20 años (Madrid) (lower center)
Charcoal on paper
11 3/8 by 8 5/8 in.
28.8 by 21.9 cm
Executed in Madrid in 1898.
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Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

The Margo Feiden Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Zurich (and sold: Sotheby's, London, April 5, 1989, lot 312)
Frost & Reed, Ltd., London (acquired at the above sale)
Private Collection, Canada (acquired from the above in December 1989)
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Barcelona, Picasso Museum of Barcelona, Picasso and Els 4CATS: The Early Years in Turn-of-the-Century Barcelona, 1996, no. 11, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso Vivo (1881-1907), Barcelona, 1980, no. 232, illustrated p. 139

Catalogue Note

Hortensio Güell was a Catalan artist and writer whom Picasso befriended at the Academy in Madrid while he was a student from 1897-98. Hortensio was a member of the Güell Family, patrons of the artist Antoni Gaudí who commissioned him to build the Güell Park in Barcelona. Shortly after this portrait was completed Güell committed suicide, one in a series of losses Picasso experienced as a young man.

It is likely that this work was included in Picasso's very first one-man exhibition in February 1900 at Barcelona's center of the avant-garde, Els Quatre Gats, where a number of charcoal portraits of the artist's friends were shown.

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